Science Daily published an article entitled “One Extinct Turtle Less: Turtle Species in the Seychelles Never Existed” by Heiko Stuckas, Richard Gemel, and Uwe Fritz. Pelusios seychellensis, a species of turtles identified by scientists in 1906 in the Seychelles Islands were believed to be extinct. New DNA evidence taken from a specimen correctly identified the species as Pelusios castaneus, a West African mud turtle that still exists. This genetic revelation will assist protection programs for turtles in the Seychelles Islands.
I hope this information truly benefits the wild life on the Seychelles Islands which is an outdoor museum of natural history and a sanctuary for some of the rarest species of flora and fauna on earth.
Article Link: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/04/130404072916.htm